Author Archive | Matt Welch

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Republicans Officially Give Up Trying to Cut Spending

After the rise of the Tea Party in 2009 as a grassroots expression of revulsion at government bailouts, spending, and Obamacare; after a series of insurgent Tea Party primary victories in 2010 over big-spending incumbents and hand-picked establishmentarians; after Republicans re-took the House that November thanks in part to that new jolt of fiscally conservative […]

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Trump Calls the Congressional GOP’s Bluff

From Iran to Obamacare to DACA, the president is acting on what Republicans have long promised, in a way that rightly devolves power to the legislative branch. Matt Welch|Oct. 18, 2017 5:45 pm CNNIn September 2015, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said, while voting against then-President Barack Obama’s agreement with Iran to […]

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Kmele Foster Gets Shouted Down by Black Lives Matter Activists After Pointing out That MLK Used Free Speech Protections—Wait, What?

The Daily TargumSo the “Unsafe Space” campus speaking tour sponsored by Spiked (and hosted at least once so far in an emergency backup way by Reason) continues to generate interesting collisions between libertarian commentators and the angry campus progressives who seek to shout them down. One recent incident, while not coming close to a Berkeley-style […]

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Trump at 9 Months: ‘The Least Regulatory President of All’

Significant regulations “are down an astonishing 58 percent compared to Obama,” reports the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Matt Welch|Oct. 2, 2017 4:15 pm ReasonThe most underreported story (except here at Reason!) about President Donald Trump’s White House nine months in has been his administration’s concerted effort to slow down, block, roll back, and reform the regulatory […]

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Judge Napolitano on Whether the Trump/NFL Feud Is a First Amendment and/or Free Speech Issue

The real ‘Free Speech Week’ kicks off on tonight’s Kennedy, featuring Robby Soave, Matt Welch, Kat Timpf, Charles C.W. Cooke, and the Judge Matt Welch|Sep. 25, 2017 6:20 pm Berkeley’s Milo-tastic Free Speech Week might have been a dud on arrival, but that’s not going to stop the most libertarian cable news show on television […]

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Using Negative Collectivist Generalities to Accuse Libertarians of Indulging Negative Collectivist Generalities

There has been a lot of talk during this long and dreary summer, here and elsewhere, about the connections (or lack thereof) between libertarianism and the alt-right. There have also been plenty of distancing exercises as well, most notably around these parts Zach Weissmueller’s “What the Alt-Right Gets Wrong.” The broader discussion is becoming its […]

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Stop Encouraging People to Live in Dangerous Places

There are few things as distressingly predictable as our federal government‘s (and national media’s) idiotic natural-disaster politics. Most every rational observer who has looked closely at government policy will tell you that the state’s serial intervention in insurance markets has encouraged people to build in dangerous areas they otherwise would not, a moral hazard which […]

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Dave Weigel on the Democrats’ Bernienomics, Trump’s DACA Switcheroo, and Hillary’s Surprising Book

The Fifth Column interviews the ex-Reasoner about this week’s political controversies Matt Welch|Sep. 16, 2017 9:17 am TwitterLongtime commenters around these parts know David “Dave” Weigel as the ex-Reasoner they love to roast most. Most others recognize him as the shrewd coverer of national politics for the Washington Post, where lately he’s been writing a […]

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